Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM) has been awarded a $38 million contract to help the Defense Department operate and maintain gateways for its mobile satellite service.
The Defense Information Systems Agency‘s Gateway Maintenance and Support Service contract contains a one-year, $7.2 million base period and four one-year options, Iridum said Wednesday.
DISA awarded the contract to support its potential five-year, $400 million Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services contract with Iridium (click here for our previous coverage).
“Our gateway work will include upgrades and maintenance supporting the DoD’s use of the Iridium network, particularly as we anticipate demand increasing to service their global voice, low and high-speed data, paging and distributed tactical communication services needs, ” said Scott Scheimreif, executive vice president of government programs at Iridium.
Work will include updates to the Pentagon’s EMSS gateway in Hawaii and focus on network security and migration issues.
The company intends for the maintenance work to help the Defense Department use the features of Iridium NEXT, the 66-satellite constellation scheduled to launch in 2015.